Tigers determined to maul Bankers: Carlsberg Cup Malawi

There will be no moments respite because one team has painfully the white flag this weekend when Blantyre based Azam Tigers and Lilongwe giants Silver Strikers clash in the round-16 Carlsberg Cup on Saturday. But who will it be?

Comparisons from vastly different eras are difficult but Saturday’s clash promises to be a cracker between Lilongwe and Blantyre.

Coach Franco Ndawa during training on Thursday....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Coach Franco Ndawa during training on Thursday….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Players sharing jokes before training....Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Players sharing jokes before training….Photo Jeromy Kadewere.

Tigers players during their training on ... ountry Club....Photo Jeromy Kadewere

Tigers players during their training on … ountry Club….Photo Jeromy Kadewere

There would not have been a better place than the green artificial turf of the giant Kamuzu Stadium, where one giant has to quench the Carlsberg thirsty.

Mental strength has been the cornerstone of their dominance but the clash of the two sides has always been unpredictable.

On the evidence of the Bankers recent performance, they seem to have slipped through the gears following their 5-2 defeat against Red Lions last week in the Super League.

For the Kau-Kau boys, what makes them even dangerous is their performance last week in the league after frustrating Big Bullets to a 1-1 draw, in an encounter which they displayed fantastic  football.

Malumbo Gondwe is their beacon in midfield but the man who can make things happen for the Kau-Kau boys is tear-away forward Frazer Menyani.

Tigers coach Franco Ndawa said on Thursday’s  morning training session at their base in Limbe Country Club ground, that the match could be one of his most daunting fixtures this season.

“Everybody is aware that Silver Strikers have not won a cup for a longtime. Obviously they will be on our neck from the word go but we have done some homework for them, we will take care of them,” said Ndawa who formely coached Silver.

However, Silver Strikers coach Stain Chirwa is aware that any defeat on Saturday will be five steps back ward from the Area 47 out-fit after their humiliation to Red Lions.

Ndaziona Chatsalira, flying winger Blessings Tembo, Young Chimodzi Junior and Green Harawa, including captain Lucky Malata hold the key to the Bankers success on Saturday to either miss the Carlsberg crate all the way to Bwandiro, which is closer to their home base.

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